If these vessels can sail the seven seas and destroy nuc subs, their sensor and weapons arrays might just be sufficient to thwart pirates and salvors. Other navies will have to give way under existing intl law of the sea.
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 1556 PM
follow on large displacement 'drone' ship looks like its in the budget..... the navy might finally get an arsenal of samller aresnal ships...
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The U.S. Navy wants to buy as many as 10 Large Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessels, or LDUSVs, over the next five years at the cost of approximately $2.7 billion. These drone ships, which could be remarkably large and complex—up to 300 feet long and displacing some 2,000 tons—would be a major step forward for the service's plans to develop unmanned surface fleets.
The Navy unveiled the planned purchases as part of the rollout of the overall U.S. military budget request for the 2020 Fiscal Year on Mar. 12, 2019. The 2020 Fiscal Year proposal itself includes $400 million to pay for the first two LDUSVs. The service would then ask for money to buy two more of these drone ships each fiscal year for the next four years.
These drone ships "will serve as both a sensor and a shooter" U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Randy B. Crites, the service's Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, said in a briefing on Mar. 12, 2019. They will be "smaller, ... more attritable than conventional ships, in addition to being more affordable," he added.
The Navy is still developing its requirements for these vessels and concepts of operation (CONOPS) for it how might employ them, but has described the notional LDUSVs as longer than 164 feet in the past. Rear Admiral Crites would not say that there is firm, validated requirement for the drones ships, but did say that the Navy was presently working with a concept revolving around a hullform closer to 200 to 300 feet long with a displacement of around 2,000 tons. This would place the drone vessels in the same general size class as manned corvettes.
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